A well designed bathroom is an organized bathroom
Because bathroom space is often limited, there is a greater premium on organizational tools that make using the bath easier and more enjoyable. In master and secondary baths and even powder rooms, the vanity or sink stand often does the heavy lifting for storage, and thanks to recent innovations, storage options have increased significantly.
When storage space is at a premium, vanities with open shelves create storage space for towels and baskets around drains, traps and other plumbing components. Open shelving is an extremely attractive option that can provide a visual focal point.
Shelves and roll out drawers maximize the space under and around plumbing in vanities with doors. Roll out drawers can hold baskets or be equipped with dividers for cosmetics, curling irons, hair dryers, etc. Many vanity manufacturers offer drawers and shelves with notches in them that help to minimize loss of storage space caused by piping that flows through the vanity to the sink and faucets. The vanity also can be wired for electricity or used as a cell phone or tablet charging station.
When it comes to vanity drawers, keep in mind that the depth impacts storage. Shallow drawers help to work around the sink’s plumbing and can be used to store makeup, shaving tools, tweezers, brushes, etc. While shallow drawers may be great for storing small things, they don’t offer the functionality needed for storing larger items. One possible solution is to specify a double drawer to double the depth. The exterior is fitted with two pulls to provide a consistency of look but there is only one drawer.
Kitchen Design Elements in the Bathroom
There are many kitchen storage solutions that can be adapted to the bath. For example, vertical pull outs are commonly used in kitchens for spices and can also be used to effectively store bath items in small slivers of space.
Toe kicks can make space along the floor functional for storing less commonly used items such as back up rolls of toilet tissue. Tip out drawers can be used where the top of the cabinetry meets the countertop. They are useful for storing toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss and other small items.
Outfitting drawers and storage space with adjustable compartments, reconfigurable bins, vertical dividers, tool slots and trays provide endless opportunities to get the look and functionality that keep your bath looking fresh and functional.
How to design a beautiful, but functional laundry room.
The laundry room is often undervalued and underused, and we can re-imagine that space to provide you so much more than just an area to wash dirty clothes.
The laundry room’s storage capabilities are often overlooked. We recently installed gorgeous cherry wood cabinets over the washer and dryer to provide the storage our client needed.
Another client could not believe that we could take a very small space and make it a showpiece in their home. We stacked the washer and dryer, installed a small sink and created a spot for hand-washing clothes. To add pizazz, we specified a stained glass window. Here are other laundry room ideas that move your space from the mundane to the spectacular:
- Use cabinets to conceal laundry room clutter.
- Use paintings, pictures, photos, collages and sculpture to make a laundry room pop. Remember, artwork is not only for the living room.
- Install a dog washing station.
- Install a rod in a cabinet to hang clothes — this won’t take up floor space or eliminate cabinets.
- Place a countertop over front-loading washers and dryers to create a work area.
- Create a playroom inside of the laundry room for kids by installing a long counter for painting, drawing, reading or game playing.
- Hide your laundry detergent and other supplies in cabinets above the sink and use decorative baskets underneath for additional storage.
- Store front-loading washers and dryers inside of cabinets so when there not in use, they are not visible.
- Place large storage racks between the washer and dryer to help keep laundry supplies neatly organized.
- Use wall and floor coverings to make distinctive and head-turning design statements – your laundry room can be the envy of the neighborhood.
- Wall-to-wall cabinets adds considerable functionality to any laundry room space.
- Make a narrow space look larger by using bright colored wall coverings, cabinets or appliances.